Black Pastor Uses Lynching Photo to Help Get out the Vote

Andrew Mach, NBC News, September 13, 2012

A pastor in Indiana has put up a sign that uses a historical image of the 1930 lynching of two black teenagers in an effort to recharge the black vote.

Rev. Joy Thornton, the senior pastor of Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis, said he’s concerned that African-Americans have grown complacent about voting, and he wants to urge people to exercise the right he says was hard won, the Associated Press reported.

The sign, which has stood for nearly a week along the street in front of the church, shows, on one side, a white mob gathered around the teens to watch the lynching in Marion, Ind. Atop the photo is the word “VOTE!!!” Beneath it is the question: “Is this a reason to vote?” The other side of the sign shows an image of slaves in chains, with wording beneath it that reads, “Lest we forget.”

“[The sign] is to let people know there’s been a price paid for the privilege of voting,” Thornton, a black pastor of what he describes as a multiracial congregation, told Indianapolis’ WISH TV. “Oftentimes people get complacent and don’t realize that people made a sacrifice, matter of fact, the ultimate sacrifice for such a privilege.”

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“Regardless of who you vote for, you need to exercise your privilege, which is voting,” Thornton said.

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“I don’t think it [the sign] is as harsh as the fact that when we talk about African-Americans being murdered and killed at an alarming rate,” Thornton said. “It’s not as harsh as the fact we make up about 12 percent of the population and about 90 percent of the incarceration. It is not as harsh as the drugs that we are being exploited within our communities.”

Thornton, who said he’s received two complaints about the sign since it was put up, has no plans to take it down “until the Lord says so.”

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  • loyalwhitebriton

    Ideally, the Republican party would respond with pictures (and there are plenty of them) of white victims of black criminals.
    But we all know that’s not going to happen.
    You know they’ve got you by the scrotum when you can’t fight fire with fire.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      You’re right! They’re totally insensitive. We ARE better than they are! I can’t imagine putting up posters depicting Shannon’s and Christopher’s crime scene photographs. Some say that I’m obsessed with that crime. To modify a quote from A Few Good Men “You’re GODAMN right I am!!!!”  Them and Wichita and Eve and Lauren and Meghan and Anne and  the two Amy’s and thousands of others.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

       Knowing how the Republican party has an affinity for shooting themselves in the foot, I as surprised that they haven’t responded with pictures of the Holocaust(R) with the phrase “Is this a reason to vote?” underneath.

  • Ulick

    “I don’t think it [the sign] is as harsh as the fact that when we talk about African-Americans being murdered and killed at an alarming rate.”

    I agree blacks are getting murdered at an alarming rate.  99% of them by other blacks.

    “It’s not as harsh as the fact we make up about 12 percent of the population and about 90 percent of the incarceration.”

    Then stop committing so much crime.

    “It is not as harsh as the drugs that we are being exploited within our communities.”

    It’s like blacks wake up and are shocked to find thet evil white Santa Claus had left them a bag of crack overnight… and they just had to do it.

    More of the same — excuses, excuses, excuses. 

    • NorthernWind

      It’s always excuses with them. Whenever they fail at something somehow Whites or something else is to blame. They are never responsible for anything.

  • haroldcrews

    ‘Lest we forget’.  This pastor can’t be serious but then I know that he is.  

    How in the heck could Jim Crow, lynching or slavery ever be forgotten?  All of them are brought up daily.

    • loyalwhitebriton

      Even we can’t escape it!
      The BBC (which can’t even say the word ‘America’ without a lip curling sneer) often refers to Jim Crow and US slavery when reporting on American politics.
      Must be ten times worse over there.

      • anarchyst

        Black references to “slavery” and “jim crow” parallel techniques used by the “tribe”.  The “tribe” uses the “holocaust ™” and “gas chambers” to stifle criticism of their practices and to deflect honest investigation of the “holocaust ™”.  In most European countries, questioning ANY aspect of “holocaust ™” orthodoxy is punishable by fines and imprisonment.  WHY??  It would seem that honest research would tend to confirm the “holocaust ™” . . . could it be that the “tribe” has something to hide?  Not unlike the o’bama placing most of his lifetime records “off limits”.
        The “tribe” taught blacks well, as they were major players in the so-called “civil rights (for some)” movement of the 1950s and 1960s. . .

      • Yes I’ve noticed, too.

  • Puggg

    “I don’t think it [the sign] is as harsh as the fact that when we talk
    about African-Americans being murdered and killed at an alarming rate,”
    Thornton said. “It’s not as harsh as the fact we make up about 12
    percent of the population and about 90 percent of the incarceration. It
    is not as harsh as the drugs that we are being exploited within our
    communities.”

    1.  Murdered and killed by other blacks

    2.  Incarceration is not lynching, in fact it became the humane legal mode of punishment so that lynching would not have to be used

    3.  “Not as hard as the drugs that we are being exploited in our communities.”  Huh?  Grammar police, anyone?  I guess the fool means that the CIA is trucking in drugs, but if that’s the result of their grand “conspiracy,” this “conspiracy” is drop dead easy to defeat with the word “no.”

  • jedsrael

    The “too White” Tea Party should die off just on general principles for never having put Eve Carson, Channon Christian, and Brittny Watts on campaign posters.

  • Easyrhino1

    No need to respond with stories in kind, too obvious.  A better more succint response is simply the url:

    http://violentflashmobs.com/

     

  • Rob

    This reminds me of the now dead Yousef Bey,head of Your Muslim Bakery in Oakland,CA.He repeatedly raped many young girls, some as young as 12 or 13.He had a cable television program where he touted his buisness (he got a multi six figure “loan” from the city of Oakland that he never paid back).On the program he would regularly show pictures of blacks being hung(no mention of whether they were guilty of anything or not).(Peejay in Frisco)

  • youhavetherighttoremainsilent

    WITH REGARD TO THE INCREASING black threats i am hearing on black talk radio and the black mob violence heads -up, i highly reccommend  online shopping for weapons and ammo at http://www.cabelas.com/ and also i recently went to a place called pro bass and loved it but i think walmart has the cheapest ammo. buy under 500 rounds at a time or the gov checks you out i have heard. i hope every white person on amren buys as much ammo and weapons as they can and trains as hard as they can psychologically and otherwise because i predict that blacks are soon going to be getting much more violent. dont worry about ccw laws etc protect yourself and your family.

  • scott81

    I’ve never considered “black churches” Christian , all they do is preach hate and unforgiveness like Sharpton/Jackson. Race is their god and anyone with white skin is their devil

  • humptydumpty

    The other side of the sign shows an image of slaves in chains, with wording beneath it that reads, “Lest we forget.”
    _______________________________________________________________

    Obviously, black’ve long since forgotten about any work, which was the whole idea of slavery.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    Nothing should stop non-members of the Republican party from putting up such posters.
    In fact, they should go for it.
    I said ‘Republican’ because most black propaganda tends to be pro-Democrat.

  • youhavetherighttoremainsilent

    it must suck to be black. thank GOD i am not

  • There is not a doubt in my mind that those two lynched blacks in the pastors picture were guilty of something as heinous as what happened to Bob and Nancy Straight.

    Whites don’t just hang people for the fun of it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej8eKedZRV4

    • haroldcrews

      It’s absurd to think that white mobs would lynch a black man for whistling at a white woman but not lynch a black man who murdered, raped or sexually molested a white person.

  • Here’s a video of the pastor preaching Obama (instead of Jesus)
    and lambasting Bill O’Reilly (instead of Satan)

    http://youtu.be/EgvIE2jZnYE

    (Very poor audio quality; but you’ll get the idea . . .)

  • Those of us who grew up in Indianapolis are familiar with the ‘hood where the church is located: 38th St between Emerson Ave. and Arlington Ave. 

    A sign wouldn’t last a few minutes. 

    However, feel free to give the pastor a call and have a chat about his sign:

    1-317-545-5673

    Please be courteous if you call.

    Or, you may drop Pastor Thornton a line. 
    Again, be polite and professional.

    Rev. Joy Thorton
    Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church
    5502 E. 38th St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46218

    • blight14

       Also note the name of the printing company(Precise Printing) is readable on the sign…..I assume its a 317 area code too…….

  • IKantunderstand

    Let me tell you rev: The people who made the ultimate sacrifice for “your people” to vote, were MY PEOPLE who died in the Civil War. You all want to talk about reparations? I want reparations for the people who died in my family fighting on the side of the Union. We never owned any slaves, and yet my family also lost out on the productive years of the young men in my family who died, so YOU can vote. Why is there never a discussion of reparations for young White men who fought  for the union, and died, leaving behind young White widows, who had to struggle. (Without EBT and all the other so-called”safety nets” that the descendants of slaves have at their disposal). This is fair? I’m sure my family would have accumulated more wealth, if the young members of my ancestral family hadn’t died defending the union, and the end of slavery. Not only did some of my ancestors pay the “ultimate price”, but their descendants, are sadly, still paying. If you are being killed at an “alarming rate”, well brother, look to your fellow blacks. They are doing the killing. Meanwhile, MY FAMILY members DIED IN VAIN. 

    • Zorro

      You can add World War I and II, along with Korea, and Vietnam, to that list. World War I was to make the world safe for Democracy, and to end all wars. That worked out well. World War II was to fight the Italian Fascists, the Nazis, and the Japanese Militarists, who were, in fact, on the march across the globe against Communism. Yet, somehow, we needed to get involved, and Europe was devasted. Korea was the test of putting the US troops under UN command. The result was a stalemate, where both sides returned to their pre-war borders. That cost about 56,000 American lives. Another 58,000 had to die for that piece of jungle called Vietnam. Why? We lost more than money in those wars; we lost our native sons, fathers, brothers, and uncles. We have given much, and received nothing in return.

  • We are descendants of people who looked at Europe, didn’t like what they saw, and came here.  I have wondered for years why blacks, when treated so badly, sometimes in reality and often in just their own imaginations, did not have the initiative to move somewhere else. Liberia got only about 15,000 black immigrants in its entire history.  Very few blacks had the initiative to go seek a place where they could be free and run their own affairs free from whitey.  

    • The__Bobster

      I’ve got news for you: They’re coming back. We’re letting in 100,000 bluegums every year now, some from Liberia.

      • blight14

        Bobster, for some reason the pesky term ‘never again’ keeps popping into my head……weird……..probably just too much coffee this am…..

  • Guts….

  • loyalwhitebriton

    Oh dear. It appears that I would have been better off saying white patriots instead of Republicans. I mentioned the Republican party because black propaganda is aimed at generating votes for Democrats, that’s all.
    I’ll take your word for it that Republicans are apathetic to white interests (you know more about your mainstream parties than I do).

  • humptydumpty

     The other side of the sign shows an image of slaves in chains, with wording beneath it that reads, “Lest we forget
    _________________________________________________________

    At least the slaves could do some work and there was work they could do. The blacks today are almost totally useless people.

  • humptydumpty

    To the Moderator,

     Why do you keep erasing my post?

  • anarchyst

    This was previously deleted . . . here we go again . . .
    Black references to “slavery” and “jim crow” parallel techniques used by the “tribe”.  The “tribe” uses the “holocaust ™” and “gas chambers” to stifle criticism of their practices and to deflect honest investigation of the “holocaust ™”.  In most European countries, questioning ANY aspect of “holocaust ™” orthodoxy is punishable by fines and imprisonment.  WHY??  It would seem that honest research would tend to confirm the “holocaust ™” . . . could it be that the “tribe” has something to hide?  Not unlike the o’bama placing most of his lifetime records “off limits”.The “tribe” taught blacks well, as they were major players in the so-called “civil rights (for some)” movement of the 1950s and 1960s. . .

  • Athling

    In their own words…

    This is the mindset we’re dealing with.

  • Barry Goldwater’s opposition to the CRA ’64 was based in libertarianism.  It was the same libertarianism which in later years drove him to oppose conservative Christians.

    He voted for two weaker civil rights acts before 1964, and boasted about it.

    His family’s department store in Phoenix was the first major employer there to hire blacks, and he boasted about it.  Though back in those days, there weren’t that many blacks to choose from in Phoenix.

    White southerners, opposing the civil rights and voting rights acts for racial reasons, latched onto Goldwater’s same conclusion different reason mentality and made him the first Republican to win Deep South states in the post-Reconstruction era.  White southerners were so loath to vote Republican that Adlai Stevenson couldn’t win his own home state of Illinois in both 1952 and 1956 while he carried the Deep South easily.  But I can assure you that white Southerners, neither then or now, are doctrinaire libertarians.

    • Stevenson lost because he was up against the juggernaut that was Dwight Eisenhower. In fact, in the 1952 presidential election, Stevenson received more popular votes than any other presidential candidate in history.

      Except Eisenhower.

      After he lost the 1956 rematch, Stevenson quipped, “Who did I think I was, running against Eisenhower; George Washington?” 

  • Edwood

    For some reason it makes people really mad if you bring up the fact that Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith (the lynched guys in the poster) were lynched for murder and rape. James Cameron, the witness, was black.

    • blight14

       Oh great, now we have to wade through pesky facts……we can’t let them get in the way of  our ‘feelings’ now can we????? /sarc

  • The__Bobster

    A lot of “Whites” go to newnation.org and are shocked not at the Bantu crimes listed there but at the people who had the nerve to post them.

    • blight14

      NNN is STILL ‘infected’ with something, I get ‘ScrInjectB virus’, process terminated, corrupt  files quarantined’ when I attempt to open the site….its been that way for some time…..

  • TeutonicKnight67

     As a white man who has been force-fed diversity his entire life and forced to pay for it I am no longer interested in how blacks feel about anything. Blacks have absolutely ZERO credibility to refer to rapacious and wanton violence give their history of savagery toward both themselves and the society at large. See Athling’s post above: http://cofcc.org/2012/09/twitter-full-of-threats-to-murder-white-people/

  • He should be incarcerated for at least a year.